Thursday, May 7, 2009

Papercuttings

I haven't been able to think of anything interesting lately to write about so I thought I would share some of my papercuttings. About 10-12 years ago I began by cutting paper snowflakes from a booklet I found at Ben Franklen. Back then it was really hard to find patterns so I started researching at the library and on line and I found that there is much more to this art than just snowflakes. These first two cuttings are ones that I designed myself. This design was inspired by a picture in a magazine. And this one from a Dover book of flowers. It looks like designing a papercut would be easy but once you start cutting you realize it's tougher than it looks. The entire design needs to be in one piece and the inner cuts need to give the piece dimension. There's no erasing a mistake...once you make the cut that piece is gone! That's why most of my cuttings are done using patterns that I get from Papercuttings by Alison. They have some great designs and each pattern is rated as to how difficult it is to cut...Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. This is a small family owned business with Alison and her mom Gloria designing most of the patterns. How neat is that and they also have patterns from other talented designers. When I cut I use a tiny pair of Hofer scissors made ecspecially for papercutting. They are made in Switzerland and are a bit pricey but if you cut alot they are well worth it. When I began cutting I used my Gingher embroidery scissors. I very seldom use an exacto knife but there are alot of people that do...some don't use scissors at all and use just the exacto. I only use it for really tiny cuts that I can't make with the scissors but my Hofer scissors have a point as thin as a needle so I can cut almost anything with them. This next group of cuttings are done using patterns from Papercutting by Alison. Tiny ballarina's: I think would lood cute mounted on pink paper and framed individually in little white frames. More ballarina's: A Butterfly: A fancy fan: A couple of heart designs:
These last designs are reproductions that I have done of vintage papercuttings:
Two colonial couples...ladies reading and sewing: Men playing a game of chess:
I really love these old sihlouettes from the colonial period. I think they would look great hung next to each other.
A rooster... another reproduction:
I was thinking of trying to sell some of my cuttings on Etsy and/or Lollishops but I'm just not sure they would sell. What do you think?
I guess the only way to find out is to list a few of them.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my cuttings.
I encourage you to give it a try. You can get a beginners pattern from Papercuttings by Alison for well under $10 and I'm sure you will find something that you like. They also offer scissors and paper.
I'm cheap and cut most of my designs from regular copy paper. And if you don't want to buy a pattern to start out you can always copy a design from one of the books on papercutting at the library or do a google search for designs.
If you want to see some really cool examples you can visit the Guild of American Papercutters site.

14 comments:

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Absolutely stunning!

Renee

Lynns Lovelies said...

Hi Peggy~ Wow these are amazing!! Will definitely check into this further!!
Congrats on your Etsy sale~~~doesn't it just make you feel just wonderful?
Thanks so much for stopping by...I 'm off to look at your Etsy shop!
Hugs,
Lynn

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Peggy, first of all thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I have my baby shoes too and thought of putting them on a shelf on top of my shadowbox!

Thank you so much for the sweet award. I will add it to my blog proudly!! So nice of you!

Next, WOW !! I never knew people did this sort of thing as paper cutting. So impressive! Yes, I think you could see these on Etsy. I'm thinking of trying some of my stuff on there too. Do you do sillouettes? (sp?) I have regretted I didn't have them done of my daughters and now thinking about having my grandsons done. Great work..really!!

Laura said...

Hi! Your paper cuttings are just wonderful.....such patience and talent you have! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello.....good luck in the give-away!
Be well, Laura

Terri and Bob said...

These are darling! Can you do some to order? I would love to have my cute furbabies done!

Debbie said...

OMG Peggy these are gorgeous!! I am amazed at this! My gosh you women out there in blogland are so talented I can hardly believe it! You really should show more of your work my friend...you are amazing! By the way I have the start of an old button collection...I keep them in old glass jars and containers. I have many heavy MOP ones that I love. I am assuming you have a big collection?? What do you do with them? Happy mothers day to you and thanks for stopping by on my blog with your nice comment!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I LOVE the paper cuttings...especially the ballerina! *off on a google search*

debi @ life in my studio said...

Wow, your paper cuttings are amazing! Such talent...beautiful!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I think they're amazing! Just beautiful and I think they would sell really well on Etsy (framed).

Nancy said...

Those are really beautiful! I love seeing all forms of art. You are very creative and that's not something you see every day!

Nancy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What an amazing artform. I have never known anyone who did it before. VERY interesting.

I also want to thank you for stopping by and making a comment. You completely got the point of my post and I appreciate that!
Hugs,
Mona

Bellamere Cottage said...

Whew........that takes a LOT of patience! I love doing beensie little things though!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Magic Moonlight said...

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my Giveaway


You all are so wonderful to me....I want to send each and every one of you a gift!!!
You are my inspiration!
I just want to say thank you so much for such sweet kindness and friendship that is expressed in each and every comment.
Please email me your address to send you a special friendship tag, I made just for you!
If you already send me your address , your tag will be on the way next Tuesday!

aprilsatelier said...

What beautiful, amazing work! Wow!

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